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Israeli archaeologists find 2,700-year-old artifact that backs biblical record

Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, excavator of the Israel Antiquities Authority, holds a stamped piece of clay from the first Jewish temple period that belonged to the "governor of the city" of Jerusalem, about 2,700 years ago. The piece of clay was excavated at the northwestern part of the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem's Old City on Monday. The extraordinary find is a lump of clay, stamped and pre-fired, measures 13 x 15 mm and is 2-3 mm thick. The upper part of the sealing depicts two figures facing each other, and the lower part holds an inscription in ancient Hebrew script. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

According to Reuters, archaeologists in Israel have discovered a 2,700-year-old seal impression that they say validates part of the biblical record.

According to the Israeli Antiquities Authority, the seal was excavated by Shimon Cohen and bears an inscription in ancient Hebrew that reads "belonging to the governor of the city." The seal was unearthed near the plaza of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Bible references governors of Jerusalem on multiple occasions in the Old Testament.

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